5 Things to Look Out for When Buying a Second-Hand Car

Buying a second-hand car can be really tricky and risky; the key is to be prepared and ready. Second-hand cars are more of a practical choice especially now with the economic crisis. Be smart and be careful, there are a lot of fake dealers out there. Try to keep in mind that a second-hand car will never be as good as a brand new one. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get the best deal. After all second-hand cars are vintage pieces that people undermine.

Listed below are the 5 things you need to know before buying a second-hand car. You have an option to follow them. But is you do, put them into heart and the may actually save you a buck or two.

1. Window shop.

Look around for the best deal, usually private owners have reasonable prices. But if you buy a car from a dealership, you are guaranteed to have a warranty and special bonuses. You have to decide which is more important, quality or the price? So take your time and look for other alternatives before choosing the car you want to buy.

2. Check the car.

You have to be knowledgeable of the car you want to buy. Be mindful of every detail, like the original interiors, the wheel, the details on the exterior of the car and most importantly what’s under the hood. You have to consider, if all of the car parts are still in its original form. Research is a vital part is shopping, know the car by heart like, and also learn more about the warranty and the manufacturing company, so you have an idea where to buy spare parts.

3. Learn about your consumer rights.

Buying a second-hand car is very tricky, first of all you must remember that you are a consumer who has rights. In this deceitful world be sure you are protected. Look for the warranty and any given information that helps you understand what you’re getting into. Also look for the authenticity of the warranty, there are a lot of scammers out there so try to learn more about fraud as well.

4. Learn the History.

Ask why they wanted to sell the car. There is always a story behind everything so does the car you are about to buy. Ask questions like, the reason why they are selling the car, has it undergone many repairs, when was its last tune-up etc. Sometimes knowing the history of the car will help you predict the capabilities of the car.

5. Contracts and receipt.

If you do decide to purchase the car, be sure to ask for a contract. Read it carefully and regarding payment ask for a receipt. Also don’t forget to list the contact details of the person you negotiated with. Better be safe than sorry. This will help you track down the person responsible in case the car did not live up to the expectations stated on the contract.
By Nilotpal Maity
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